Saturday, 19 January 2019                

Croydon Open

Croydon Chess Club

presents the

2019 Croydon Open

(7th Feb - 4th Apr)

  • Dates: 9 Thursday evenings, 7th Feb to 4th Apr
  • Venue: Croydon RSL Hall, Civic Square, Croydon. Air-conditioned hall* with coffee and tea provided.
  • Format: 9 round Swiss.
  • Time control:  60min + 30s/move. ACF Classic rated.
  • Round 1, 7th February: 7:30 - 7:50 pm for members entry. Round 1 starts at 8:00 pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm.
  • Prizes:  1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $120. Rating (U1600) $90, Rating (U1200) $90, Junior (U18) $90.  (Max. one prize per person.)
  • Entry fee & Registration:  

Members: $25 - 2018 members can register, pay for entry & their 2019 membership on the first night (cash/cheque only) or to our bank account prior to the 4th Feb. 

Non-members: $45  - Please register & pay to our bank account by 4th Feb. To register - email the Organiser with your name, address and phone number.

     # Please note we may need to limit non-member numbers to ensure comfortable conditions.

  • Bank Account:

    Bank: Bendigo Bank, Mooroolbark
     BSB: 633 000
      Account Number: 133 628 222
        Account name: Croydon Chess Inc.


When depositing, please include your name in the description so we can identify you. Also, please ensure all deposit details are correct. We will not be responsible for transfers that do not appear in our account.

  • Forfeit time: 30 min.  It is important to notify the arbiter of any foreseeable absence asap. Failure to do so inconveniences your opponent and may result in enforced withdrawal from the tournament.

  • Byes: Two half-point byes allowed in the first five rounds only. Notify arbiter at least a week before.

  • Arbiters: Ian Birchall & Kyle Gibson

 For further information, email the organiser:


*# Please note that the club will be running an internal U800 transition tournament in parallel with the Open in the same hall. The U800 is part of the club's junior development program and has a 30min/30s time control. Member U800 entry fee: $10.



What We Offer

Croydon Chess offers a fun and family-friendly environment suitable for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

We have a tiered coaching program for our junior players and coaching nights for our senior players.

We have regular tournaments for our Junior and Adult players ranging from fun events, such as Blitz (all moves in 5 minutes), through to more serious events such as the Croydon Open.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.


Annual Club Membership (2019* fees)
-- Adults $70.00   (concession $60)

-- Juniors
--- $60.00 for 1st child
             --- $40.00 for 2nd child
             --- additional children free

*Subject to confirmation at AGM

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Youth at Croydon RSL

    Juniors at Swinburne Croydon

    Please see here for more details

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments

--  see 2019 draft calendar

--  60min/30s time control

Members entry fees range from $10-$25

depending on number of rounds (5 to 9)

and whether cash prizes are offered.

Transition (U800) Tournaments

-- 30min/30s time control

-- All games finish by 9:30pm

-- $10* for 7 rounds (club rated)

-- $5* for 5 rounds (club rated)

*members rates

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit (first time free)



Latest News
2019 Oceania Youth Chess Championships - Jan


12 Jan - This international tournament has just finished in Auckland NZ.  Congratulations to the following members who all performed well in a tough event.

  Tiger Zhao: He received Under 8 Gold & U10 Bronze

     also, I believe, U12 Blitz Bronze,

     U10 Blitz Silver, U8 Blitz & Rapid Gold!


  Chengyun Xu:   =7th in Under 12

  Bill Jiang:     =9th in Under 20


Tiger & Chengyun now head to Sydney for the Aus. Juniors 14 - 22 Jan.

2019 Annual General Meeting - 31st Jan 7:30pm


Welcome to Croydon Chess Club's 15th consecutive year in operation. We start off the year with our AGM on Thursday 31st January at the RSL, starting at 7:30pm. The AGM lays the foundation for the coming year. The more people that are prepared to chip in with their time and effort the more we can achieve. We invite everyone who has a continuing interest in the operation of the club to attend.

The Agenda and some of the relevant documents are available here.

Croydon Open begins 7th Feb


Our first Senior Club event for the year -

2019 Croydon Open

  Dates: 7th Feb to 4th Apr, 9 rounds

  Main Prizes: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $120

Details in the left column.


Presentation Night Blitz - 09 Dec


40 players participated. The full results are here.

   1st  Kyle Gibson  5/5

   =2nd Mathew Cooke, Richard Goldsmith 4

   Top Junior: Eric Zheng 4/5 on tiebreak from

                 Jayden Zhang, Tiger Zhao, Felix Chen.

2018 President's Report - 20 Dec

The Presdident's Report for 2018 can be viewed here.

The 2018 List of Prize-Winners is here.

New ACF Ratings - 01 Dec

Members' new ACF Ratings can be viewed here.

Significant increases for the following members:

    Felix Chen  [+300]

    Stas Hempel [+263]

    Eric Zheng [+179]

   Jayden Zhang [+99]

   Chengyyun Xu [+90]

    Kyle Gibson [+63]

    Tiger Zhao  [+59]



Club Championship - Final results - 22 Nov

Open Section:

Congratulations, to our Club President, Kyle Gibson, on winning the 2018 Club Championship!

      1st:    Kyle Gibson  6/7  
      2nd:   Garry Lycett  5.5
      3rd:    Ian Birchall  5

     Junior prize:    Gavyn Sanusi-Goh 4.5
     U1600 prize:   Tanya Kolak  4.5
     U1100 prize:   Pearl Yung 4


U800 Section:

        1st:    Colin He    (Gold)

        2nd:    Matthew Zhu  (Silver) on tiebreak

        3rd :    Hayden Ma  (Bronze) 


Full results

End of Announcements
World Top 10 for more details and full list



Upcoming events

We are closed for the Summer vacation period.


2019 Resumption:

       - 31 Jan     AGM  7:30pm at the RSL

       - 07 Feb     Coaching & Tournament play


 Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:   

     Feb  07  Junior coaching & casual games


Youth Club - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm: 

     Feb 07  Junior coaching & casual games

Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -       

     Jan  31  Annual General Meeting 7:30pm

     Feb 07  Croydon Open  R1

See the 2019 Draft Calendar


Location - Senior & Youth Club
Location - Junior Club

Senior & Youth Club Meeting Place:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the EV Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

Google Map Link

Junior Club Meeting Place:

  Cafeteria (CF,CG)
  Swinburne University

  Croydon Campus

  Norton Rd

  Croydon VIC 3136

   See Campus Map


  Croydon Chess

  C/O Croydon RSL
  PO Box 75
  Croydon VIC 3136



0490 125 926




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Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop our club:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

LJ Hooker Mooroolbark L J Hooker


Northern Star Chess

Northern Star Chess - home of the Northern Star Chess Study Cards

 Maroondah City Council
Maroondah City Council

Chess Victoria

Swinburne University

Your Local Chess Club

Croydon Chess services the following areas:

Bayswater, Blackburn, Boronia, Box Hill, Chirnside Park, Croydon, Doncaster, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Healesville, Heathmont, Heatherdale, Kilsyth, Knox, Lilydale, Mitcham, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Waverley, Narre Warren, Nunawading, Park Orchards, Ringwood, Rowville, Scoresby, Seville, Silvan, Templestowe, Vermont, Wandin, Wantirna, Warburton, Warrandyte, Wheelers Hill, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley (covering council areas of Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges).

We have also listed other Melbourne and Victorian clubs on our external links page.

Statement of Purpose

Croydon Chess exists to:

  • encourage the enjoyment of chess amongst residents of Croydon and surrounding suburbs
  • educate our community about the benefits of a lifetime of playing chess
  • train participants of all ages to become more technically proficient in their play
  • facilitate the running of structured (competitive) chess tournaments as well as informal (casual) play
  • provide a welcoming club environment that fosters development of productive, long-term relationships between our members

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